CJS 301

Research Methods in Criminal Justice

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 15, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course examines the scientific research methods used in criminal justice research. Students learn a variety of research methods and apply them to various types of research being conducted within the criminal justice system. This course examines both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required. Note: This class replaces what used to be CJS 483 Research Seminar in Criminal Justice.

Learning outcomes


  • Critically analyze and evaluate research data.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills, critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Understand how to define and measure social phenomena.
  • Understand the relationship between academic knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to the field.